Another woman has come forward with explosive allegations against R. Kelly in the wake of claims that the Grammy-winning singer manipulates every aspect of life for several women who live with him.
Jerhonda Pace, now 24, told Buzzfeed she was only 16 when she began a sexual relationship with the singer, whom she first met in Chicago when she attended his child pornography trial in 2008 when she was only 15. She says Kelly did not ask her how old she was when she was first invited over to his house in 2009, but told private investigators later on that she had claimed she was 19.
Pace accused the R&B star of mentally and physically abusing her during their 8-month relationship. She says she told Kelly she was 16 in July 2009, after they’d already started their sexual relationship, and he allegedly told her to lie about her age and tell people she was 19.
Pace — whose last name was Johnson at the time (she’s since married) — told Buzzfeed that she followed a set of “rules” when she spent weekends with Kelly at the singer’s Olympia Fields, Ill. home that required her to wear baggy clothes and ask for permission to use the bathroom, shower, and even eat.
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She claims Kelly turned violent toward her in January 2010 after the singer saw her texting one of her friends.
“I was slapped and I was choked and I was spit on,” she told Buzzfeed.
Pace says she stopped seeing Kelly from there, and reached out to Chicago attorney Susan E. Loggans, who had worked with woman who claimed to be wronged by Kelly in the past. Pace told Buzzfeed that Loggans reached a big settlement with Kelly within weeks.
Years later, Pace tells the outlet that she’s currently worried about a friend who she brought into Kelly’s group, who sources tell Buzzfeed still lives with the singer.
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Pace’s allegations come a month after Buzzfeed originally reported that the parents of an aspiring singer — since identified as Joycelyn Savage — believed their daughter was one of several women being manipulated by Kelly in what they’ve described as a “cult.”
Three other women who were allegedly once part of Kelly’s circle went on the record in that article to accuse Kelly of regulating everything that the six women who live with him do, from what they eat, to what they wear and what they do sexually.
Kelly’s team has vehemently denied all allegations against him, and Savage has said she’s fine, despite her parent’s concerns.
“The allegations against Mr. Kelly are false, and are being made by individuals known to be dishonest,” read a statement from R. Kelly’s representatives regarding the latest Buzzfeed article..”It is clear these continuing stories are the result of the effort of those with personal agendas who are working in concert to interfere with and damage his career. Mr. Kelly again denies any and all wrong doing and is taking appropriate legal action to protect himself from ongoing defamation.”
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Pace says she broke a nondisclosure agreement by speaking to Buzzfeed, but decided to tell her story to try and help the women who are allegedly living with Kelly.
“If I can speak out and I can help them get out of that situation, that’s what I will do,” Pace said. “I didn’t have anybody to speak up on my behalf when I was going through what I was going through with him. He’s brainwashed them really bad, and it kind of reminds me of Charles Manson.”
“I just really hope I can help these women out,” she continued. “Kelly needs to be stopped.”
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